The Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic is a highly integrated, collaborative department of adult and pediatric neurologists who specialize in the research, diagnosis and treatment of over 500 conditions and diseases affecting the nervous system.
More than 80 specialists provide both one-time evaluation and continuing care for patients with neurologic disease. Close collaboration with specialists in pediatric and adolescent medicine, speech pathology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and psychology, pain management, sleep disorders, and physical medicine and rehabilitation offer Mayo Clinic patients comprehensive care.
The Movement Disorders Subspecialty Group provides specialized care to patients with all types of movement disorders. The group also staffs the Movement Disorders laboratory, which performs diagnostic neurophysiologic studies and administers localized botulinum toxin injections for focal dystonias and tremors.
Surgical treatments offered for movement disorders include:
- Selective denervation surgery for spasmodic torticollis
- Deep brain stimulation (both thalamic and pallidal) for tremor disorders (including patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and multiple sclerosis)
Each consultant has considerable experience in evaluating and treating patients with complex neurological disorders, and each has individual clinical and research interests and expertise.
Mayo Clinic has a very sophisticated, well-developed, electronic medical record system. The system, which covers both inpatient and outpatient medical interactions, is integrated throughout all Mayo campuses and facilities. It allows for rapid retrieval of all clinical, laboratory and imaging studies for patients. A robust department intranet site provides ready access to extensive online resources for neurological education.
The staff has collectively published hundreds of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contributed towards many well-known books.
Specific expertise of members of the staff and the reputation of Mayo Clinic leads to a high volume practice with a high proportion of patients with complex and challenging medical problems. The experience of the staff, coupled with the high-quality, integrated and efficient practices of all clinical and laboratory specialties, makes Mayo Clinic one of the finest clinical practices of medicine in the world.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during morning and late afternoon lectures. Residents and fellows are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities to interact with experts from other academic centers and are relieved from clinical assignments to do so.